Transfer of Credit to Coastal

Educational work completed by students in other accredited institutions may, where applicable, be credited toward graduation requirements of Coastal Carolina Community College. In order to be eligible for graduation, the transfer student is required to enroll and successfully complete all additional academic program courses for which transfer credit was not received. The maximum credit transferable from another institution and the total allowed from all sources combined, including credit by exam at Coastal, is thirty-nine (39) semester hours toward any Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree and forty-two (42) semester hours toward any Associate in Fine Arts degree.

For Associate in Applied Science Degrees, diplomas, or certificates, the maximum credit transferable from another institution and the total allowed from all sources combined, including credit by exam at Coastal, is sixty-five (65) percent of the total required hours. Transfer credits are not used in the computation of the student’s grade point average.

The College is an institutional member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) (See SERVICEMEMBERS OPPORTUNITY COLLEGES). Designated SOC students must meet 25% academic residency requirements of their program as stated in The SOCMAR-2 Handbook before transfer credit is awarded. Upon completion of their residency, designated students are allowed to transfer in 75% of the coursework needed for a certificate, diploma, AA, AS, AFA, or AAS degree.

Evaluation of transfer credits is made when the student’s file is complete and the student is in an academic program. This evaluation is normally completed by the end of the first semester of enrollment following completion of the student’s file.

The College grants credit where applicable for military service schools in accordance with the recommendations of the American Council on Education’s Guide To The Evaluation Of Educational Experiences In The Armed Services. Credit recommended must be consistent with the requirements and objectives of an academic program in order to be granted. Students should be aware that the transferability of these credits is totally at the discretion of the receiving institution and that Coastal Carolina Community College makes no guarantee of such transfer.

Transfer credit will normally be allowed only for applicable courses in which a grade of “C” or higher has been earned. Grades of “D” will be considered for transfer in sequence courses. (The student should understand that this credit allowance for a grade of “D” is only for meeting graduation requirements at this institution and may not be acceptable at a senior college to which the student may later transfer.) In all cases, the cumulative grade point average of all courses accepted in transfer must be at least 2.0 (“C” equivalent). No grade on applicable science courses of less than “C” will be accepted in transfer toward credit within any allied health programs.

As part of the evaluation process, the College may only award credit from an official transcript which outlines final grades for all completed coursework. Any transcript that acknowledges in progress coursework may not be evaluated or credited toward a student’s graduation requirements.

Credit for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

The College grants credit for the Advanced Placement (AP) Tests conducted by the College Entrance Examination Board. Students desiring credit must have their scores submitted to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation.

The College grants credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) curricula credit completed through an authorized International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) diploma program. Students desiring credit must have their IB transcript(s) submitted to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation.

The College grants credit for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES General and Subject Examinations. Credit must be applicable to the student’s current degree or diploma requirements. Students desiring credit must have CLEP and/or DANTES scores submitted to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation.

NOTE: A student may only receive up to 30 semester hours of Coastal Carolina Community College credit based on his/her completion of one or more of the credit/examination opportunities listed above. Additional information may be obtained from the Director for Data Management Services/Registrar.

Credit for Correspondence Work

Ten (10) semester hours of credit for correspondence courses applicable to courses offered at Coastal Carolina Community College may be accepted as transfer toward the associate degrees.  Such courses must have been taken within the correspondence program of an accredited institution.

Credit for Life Experience

Academic credit is not allowed for previous life experience outside of the supervision of the College; however, a student may challenge certain courses by examination.

Credit by Examination

For those classes for which credit by examination is appropriate, Coastal Carolina Community College will grant credit to any student who successfully completes a challenge exam in lieu of regular class participation.

The student seeking to receive credit by examination must secure a Credit by Examination form (located at the Registrar’s Office), schedule an appointment with a full-time faculty member in the department concerned, and explain the reasons and/or justification for the request. Since some exams may take considerable time to coordinate and prepare, the student is advised to initiate the process well before the semester in which he/she intends to receive credit. All examinations must be completed no later than the last day of the registration period prior to drop/add. If the faculty member and the Division Chair approve the request for credit by exam, the student will schedule the examination with the Division Chair. The student must register and pay any required tuition charge. The faculty member(s) administering the examination will report the results to the Director for Data Management Services/Registrar, the Division Chair, and the student.

If a student is unsuccessful in an attempt to challenge a course, he/she must take the class in order to receive credit.  One challenge attempt per course is allowed.

Standardized tests will be used when available and appropriate.  If standardized tests are not available, local tests, prepared by faculty within the discipline, will be used.  National norms, usually available for standardized tests, will be considered in determining whether or not the student has performed satisfactorily on the test.  On local tests, a grade of 77% or higher will be required for passing the test.  For courses which require specialized and/or manual skills, examinations will include demonstrations of those skills.

Credits earned by examination are considered in the same way as transfer credits and are not used in the computation of the student’s grade point average.  Students should be aware that many colleges will not accept transfer credits earned through credit by examination.  Financial aid/veteran’s assistance is not available for credit by examination courses.  Credit by examination is not available for all courses, i.e., some courses cannot be challenged.  (See COURSES THAT CANNOT BE CHALLENGED.)